December 4, 2003

Library Awarded Prestigious Federal Grant

The Scotland County Memorial Library has won an important grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Missouri State Library.

The Scotland County Memorial Library has received a $1,229.00 federal IMLS/LSTA grant to be used for the Learn-A-Test Pilot Project.

The Learn-A-Test Pilot Project provides access to over 350 practice tests and courses. Some of the test preparation aids include: ACT and SAT practice exams, ASVAB, GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT and MCAT. Library patrons can access the self-paced study tools from either library computers or their home computer. Practice tests can be started and then finished at a later time. When the practice test is completed patrons will receive their score. For more information on setting up a Learn-A-Test account, please call the library at 465-7042.

Under federal legislation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, through the Library Services and Technology Act of 1996, provides funds to State Libraries using a population-based formula. State libraries may use the appropriation to support statewide initiatives and services; they may also distribute the funds through sub-grant competitions or cooperative agreements to public, academic, research, school and special libraries. Federal funds support primarily activities using technology for information sharing between libraries and other community services. It also funds programs making library resources more accessible to urban, rural or low income residents, or others who have difficulty using library services.

Scotland County Memorial Library hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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